A Synod Webinar Series

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Implementing Synodality: Unpacking the Universal Church’s Recent Work
on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”

Highlighting “Christus Vivit – Christ Lives”
Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Based on the
Synod of Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment

Hosted by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the Southeast Pastoral Institute for Hispanic/Latino Ministry (SEPI), the Catholic Apostolate Center (CAC), in collaboration with the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

Click Here for More Information and Resources on the Synod and Christus Vivit


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Session 1:  An Emmaus Journey: From Pre-Synod to Exhortation

The Church has spent the last three years encountering youth and young adults - through consultations, study, and interacting with them at synodal experiences in Rome. Come and learn how we got there, who was involved, and what we learned. This session will explore the process and how the Church came to understand young people today.

English Session Presented on May 28, 2019
Featuring Katie Prejean McGrady and Paul Jarzembowski with special guest Yadira Vieyra

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Spanish Session Presented on June 5, 2019
Featuring Brother Ricardo Grzona and Brother Javier Hansen
Moderator: Marthamaria Morales

Recursos de Sesión 1


Session 2:  “He Walked With Them”: The Art of Accompaniment

Throughout the Synod process, young people repeatedly expressed a desire for accompaniment and mentors. What does “accompaniment” mean in the local community, especially as youth and young adults are increasingly disconnected from the life of the parish? This session will explore how we can respond to the need for mentors and ministers.

English Language Presented on June 4, 2019
Featuring Jonathan Lewis, Brian Rhude, and Brenda Noriega
Moderators: Katie Prejean McGrady and Paul Jarzembowski

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Spanish Language Presentation: Thursday, June 13 at 8:00 PM ET
Presenters: Armando Cervantes and Gabriela Karaszewski 
Moderator: Mirna Ochoa

Recursos de Sesión 2


Session 3:  “What Things?” The Sacred Act of Listening

Just as Jesus listened to the disciples on the way to Emmaus, the Church is called to listen to youth and young adults. Throughout the Synod process, church leaders heard from young people and sought to respond to them. What does “listening” mean in our local communities? This session will explore strategies for listening with compassion and for offering hope.

English Language Presented on June 11, 2019
Featuring Roy Petitfils, Ansel Augustine, Chika Anyanwu, and Gabriela Karaszewski
Moderator: Darius Villalobos

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Spanish Language Presentation: Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 PM ET
Featuring : Brenda Noriega and Yadira Vieyra
Moderator: Marthamaria Morales

Recursos de Sesión 3


Session 4:  “And Their Eyes Were Opened”: Vocational Discernment

The Synod Fathers noted that youth and young adulthood are “privileged moments for listening, for availability, and for accepting God’s will” (Final Document, 140) - and as such our ministry with young people “needs a vocational slant.” How do we orient our work towards helping youth and young adults respond to God’s call to holiness for their lives? This session will explore creative ideas on engaging young people in discerning their role in the world.

English Language Presented on June 18, 2019
Featuring Andrew and Terri Lyke, Fr. Frank Donio S.A.C., Sr. Debbie Borneman SSCM, and John and Nicole Grosso
Moderator: Darius Villalobos

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Spanish Language Presentation: Wednesday, June 26 at 8:00 PM ET
Presenters: Sr. Maria Cecilia Sierra Salcido, CMS, Fr. Matthew Gomez, and Laura & Fernando Gomez
Moderator: Marthamaria Morales

Recursos de Sesión 4


This Synod Webinar Series is presented in partnership by these national Catholic organizations
working together to accompany youth and young adults as missionary disciples:

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)
Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (USCCB)
Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI)
Catholic Apostolate Center (CAC)